It is an outstanding location. The ferry-journey out from Stockholm through the archipelago gave us an idea of the wonderful experience to come. The other people on Varholma were very friendly, and there is a sense of community, albeit wholly unobtrusive. That there are no shops or cafes on the island probably helps to create this friendliness. There are three or four ferries in each direction calling at the landing-stages on the island each day in summer.
The views from the property and from other places on the island are very memorable: "idyllic" is a fair word to use. The property itself has three buildings, the main one being where most things happen: two of our party slept in one of the other buildings, which has been well-converted inside. The weather was very good, and we spent much of the time outside: there are flatter terraces between the rocks on the slope, and copious seating to move around as the sun moves; but we also found plenty of room to sit around the table inside, by the window with the wonderful view. The house had all the basic facilities and equipment needed. Part of its charm is that it is not luxurious. If you know Carl Larsson, you will have a good idea of what to expect.
Nina (and Lars and Johan) were very friendly and helpful, both before we came and during our stay, when they all did their very best to fix the problems we had. These problems should not arise again, but they were the only reason why we did not give a 5 for everything.
Our group of six adults, from their twenties to their seventies, all had a wonderful time. We swam off different jetties and found pleasant walks. We entertained friends from Stockholm, who came for lunch; and, partly to shop, we visited both Vaxholm and Grinda, which were easy to reach, and attractive and interesting, but much busier than Varholma.
It is not a place with entertainment laid on or with wheel-chair access, but it is a great place to relax and enjoy a simple life-style and the stunning scenery. We certainly recommend it.